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2017 Lincoln MKZ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lincoln MKZ was new.


Interior: 6.7

Critics are mostly impressed with the changes made to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ over the previous model year. Seating is comfortable and ergonomic, but some critics say rear-seat headroom is lacking. An interior refresh adds more physical audio and climate controls, with less of a focus on touch inputs. A new SYNC 3 infotainment system works better than previous iterations. Sound insulation is top-notch, with very few intrusions from the road, wind, or tires. Trunk space is also impressive, except in hybrid models, where space is just so-so.

  • While we generally like the exterior styling, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ's interior still gets mixed reviews. New seating material with Lincoln logos imprinted on the cloth feel a bit overdone, but the new center console with proper knobs and switches is a vast improvement over last year's capacitive-feedback setup." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Lincoln tweaked the interior as well. Our MKZ tester featured a stunning combination of black and cream leather, with stitch patterns mirroring the Lincoln logo." -- Motor Trend
  • "Lincoln's new mantra is 'Quiet Luxury,' and while other luxury automakers are content to duke it out over performance, the American brand has carved itself a handsome niche in the opposite direction, and by all accounts, they're sticking to it. The aforementioned leather thrones are adjustable in a myriad of ways, so much so that it's impossible not to find the right seating position for almost any shape or size of individual." -- New York Daily News


With standard seating for five, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ comes with leatherette upholstery and front seats that are heated and power-adjustable with power lumbar support. Upper trims include leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with memory settings, heated and cooled front seats, and perforated leather upholstery. The MKZ’s LATCH system provides complete sets of anchors on both outboard rear seats for installing child seats. There's also a tether-only connection for the middle seat. Installation can be a bit tricky since the lower anchors are located deep in the seats. In addition, front-seat legroom may be infringed upon by the installation of front-facing car seats that require extra room.

In the front, seats are both inviting and accommodating. Also, it's easy to find the right position, given all of the available seating adjustments the MKZ has to offer. Road, wind, and tire noise are all kept at bay with Lincoln's high-quality sound deadening, and it sets the MKZ apart from much of the competition.

Critics' opinions of the MKZ's rear seats are a mixed bag. Some say rear head- and legroom are tight due to a low-slung rear roofline. Most disagree, claiming that while headroom is still tight, legroom is plentiful.

  • The front seats offer good comfort, especially the optional multi-contour versions with their infinite adjustment possibilities. The sloping rear roofline means limited headroom for tall rear-seat passengers, but the legroom in back is quite generous." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite being a large car on the outside, this Lincoln's interior is surprisingly cramped. Rear-seat legroom and headroom are especially in short supply." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MKZ is well-suited for four adults with ample rear legroom and decent headroom, but due to its somewhat narrow profile, a fifth occupant in the middle seat may find themselves a bit compressed. Road noise – or lack thereof – is also a highlight thanks to Lincoln's active noise cancellation system." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

Standard features include an 11-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, an 8-inch display, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button and remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and a built-in garage door opener.

Options include navigation, a household power outlet, rear-seat USB charging ports, sideview mirrors that automatically dim and fold, an embedded modem for use with the MyLincoln Mobile App, a glass panoramic roof, and a 20-speaker Revel Ultima audio system. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular parking assistance, lane keep assist, and a driver alert monitor.

The MKZ's standard infotainment system features SYNC 3, which is an improvement over previous systems. Most critics say the system works without delay or error, but some are annoyed by the complicated menu structure, which makes it trickier to make selections and adjustments. Fortunately, for the 2017 MKZ, Lincoln has replaced many of the touch-only controls with traditional knobs and buttons for functions like climate control. The touch controls that remain are not only large, they are easy to read and use.

  • "The Sync 3 infotainment system worked flawlessly, which is something that couldn't be said about previous Sync versions we've used." -- Motor Trend
  • "As far as technology goes, the interior can be fitted out with low-profile but highly useful features, including the adaptive cruise control that can be used even in stop-and-go traffic and the handy Sync voice-control system. Interestingly, one of the best details is Lincoln's decision to replace the MKZ's previous touch-sensitive audio system controls with more old-fashioned climate, volume and tuning knobs. The new Sync 3 interface is also an improvement. It is more responsive to inputs, and its large virtual buttons are easier to press accurately than the old system's tiny boxes and bars." -- Edmunds
  • The new SYNC 3 infotainment system is much improved over the outgoing MyLincolnTouch (sic), but is still too-heavily relied upon for features that could easily be switched between with traditional buttons, and while it's faster than ever, the user interface is still clunky to operate when delving into menus upon menus." -- New York Daily News

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The gas-powered MKZ has a 15.4-cubic-foot trunk, making it one of the most spacious in the class. Toward the back of the trunk, humps in the trunk floor (due to wheel wells) hinder space that would normally be used for longer objects, like a golf or hockey bag. Thankfully, standard 60/40 split folding rear seats collapse to allow for more room.

Hybrid models offer only 11.1 cubic feet of trunk space because of the MKZ's lithium ion batteries, which take up extra space. That's about average when stacked up against comparable rivals. All models are available with a power-operated trunk, which opens and closes when the driver stands at the back of the car.

  • As far as cargo space is concerned, the MKZ can handle more than many of its competitors, with a respectable 15.4 cubic feet available in the trunk. Unfortunately, due again to its narrow profile, it's tough to fit two large suitcases side-to-side, and structural elements jut in from above the wheels that keep you from being able to push large items all the way to the back of the seats." -- New York Daily News
  • At 15.4 cubic feet, the MKZ's trunk is good-sized and is made more practical thanks to the standard 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks. Hybrid models make do with a smaller 11.1-cubic-foot trunk because of the gasoline/electric powertrain's large battery pack." -- Edmunds
  • "Finally, the C-pillar and rear deck lid combine to reduce aerodynamic drag, while the trunk beneath has an amazing amount of capacity." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

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